In a report meant to explain why so many Tennessee high school graduates were struggling in college, it was revealed that a third of 2015 Tennessee students graduated without earning the necessary credits.

The students had earned the correct number of credits, they just weren’t the right credits — namely those from foreign language or social studies courses — NPR reports.

“In 28 percent of Tennessee high schools, fewer than half of graduates met the state’s requirements,” reads the NPR article. “These were often smaller schools that, while they offered all the necessary courses, are less able to provide the structure, oversight and counseling needed to keep students on track.”

For many school districts, measuring student learning outcomes is made easier through technology, specifically tools that provide insight into data.

Though Tennessee officials told NPR they plan to be more vigilant about tracking course credits, some of these technologies would likely help them stay organized and remediate easier.


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